Tom Morton, PGA Director of Player Development

“Golf, as is life, is about what is possible. Let’s find out how great the possible can be”

Tommorton_1000Born in Sacramento, Tom has been around golf at  Haggin Oaks since the age of 5. Tom’s golf career was fostered through the Haggin Oaks Junior Golf Programs and through his father and five-time national PGA award winner, Ken Morton, Sr. Tom has played tournament golf since the Little Linker program at age 7, leading him to the Junior Golf Association of Northern California Tour and American Junior Golf Association events. His scholastic achievements and golf game enabled Tom to receive a golf scholarship to the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he played competitively for 4 years.

Tom’s golf career highlights include:

  • 1992 Northern California High School Champion
  • 1992 Member of Junior America Cup Team—Northern California
  • Two—time selection U.S. collegiate team-Pacific Rim World Collegiate Championship in Japan
  • All-Big West Conference Selection for UCSB (Spring 1997)
  • Assistant Golf Coach, UCSB (Fall 1997)
  • Attended multiple Coaching & Training Programs featuring: Peter Kostis, Hank Haney, Butch Harmon, Gary Wiren, Dave Pelz, Jim Flick, Stan Utley, Fred Shoemaker, Dave Stockton, Pia Nilsson, Lynn Marriot, Michael Breed, Randy Smith, Suzy Whaley, Billy Harmon and many other Top 100 Teachers in the United States
  • Member 1999 & 2000 NCPGA Assistant/Apprentice Cup Team
  • 2002 NCPGA Apprentice Championship Winner
  • Named 2002 NCPGA Apprentice/Assistant of the Year
  • NCPGA Education Committee Member (1998—Present)
  • NCPGA Junior Golf Chairman (2000-2005)
  • NCPGA Player & Teacher Development Forum Chairman (1997-Present)
  • PGA General Manager—Bing Maloney GC (2001-2005)
  • The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Board Member (2004-Present)
  • Named 2006 NCPGA Horton Smith Award Winner
  • Named a 2006, 2007 & 2008 US Kids Top 50 Junior Golf Instructor in the World
  • 2008 Named one of “Sacramento’s 25 Most Influential in Area Golf”
  • 2008 Northern California PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year
  • Named 2008 NCPGA Junior Golf Leader Award Winner (National PGA Finalist)
  • Named a 2009  “Recognized The First Tee Coach”
  • Named a 2009 Master Kids Coach by US Kids Golf
  • 2012 Northern California PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year
  • 2012 Northern California PGA Player Development of the Year
  • National PGA Player Development Committee (2013—Present)
  • 2013 GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional
  • 2014 Completed PGA Certification in Player Development
  • NCPGA Teacher Committee Member (2014 – Present)
  • 2014 National PGA Youth Development Award
  • 2014 Northern California PGA Player Development Award
  • 2015 Swoosh Elite Advisory Staff – Golf Professional of the Year

As the PGA Director of Player Development for Morton Golf & The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, Tom designs and coaches many programs. His philosophy is that the game has two types of motions, finesse and power swings, but the main goal is to always…HAVE FUN! He believes that each individual has their own golf blueprint based on current beliefs and body function and his job is to improve the blueprint for maximum success and enjoyment.


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